Good morning, AP. I hope everyone had a terrific holiday. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news kicks off much like the season will, with a little Hank Williams Jr, then leaps right into an in depth season preview from The New York Times. The photo used in the Bob Gretz article was too good to pass up, so I used it above. Enjoy.
That’s Hank Williams Jr. above, and he was in a Nashville studio last week recording show openings for ESPN’s broadcasts of Monday Night Football.
Williams’ ditty "Are You Ready For Some Football" has been the Monday night opening for many seasons now, written after his hit "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)." It will be part of the show open on September 13 when the Chiefs and Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium are the second game of the opening Monday doubleheader.
Are You Getting Ready For Monday Night? from Bob Gretz
It happens every year. A dreadful team comes out of nowhere and achieves instant success. It’s like sex scandals for politicians: they’re so common that specific examples need not be cited. So instead, let’s just cut to the chase. Can the Kansas City Chiefs be this team in 2010?...
...If these building blocks are in place, it will be the subtle elements propelling the Chiefs over the top.
So what are these subtle elements, exactly?
Start with the rest of the coaching staff. The Chiefs made headway in their mission to become the Patriots of the Midwest by hiring Charlie Weis to coordinate the offense and Romeo Crennel to handle the defense. Hall of Fame defensive back Emmitt Thomas was brought in to take charge of the youthful secondary. Haley, an erudite play-caller, showed humility in turning the offense over to Weis.
Kansas City Chiefs 2010 Season Preview from The New York Times
This is the finale of our four-part evaluation of the Chiefs roster a month ahead of the teams trip to St. Joseph and the start of 2010 training camp.
Understand this about the rankings – they are meant to provide information and create talk. I’ve based the grades and whether a player’s career is going up or down based on what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard about each of those 81 players. The difference in numbers is negligible. Whether a man is rated No. 12 or No. 18 doesn’t matter so much as the designation that they are part of the top 20 players and should be major contributors to what Scott Pioli and Todd Haley are building at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs – 81 thru 1/Part #4 … Monday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz
Whether you are a seasoned wine aficionado or novice sipper, the many different delectable flavors of wine, food and ambiance at Lawrence’s 12th annual Salute! are sure to whet your social palate.
Salute! (pronounced sa-LOO-tay, in case you’re new in town), sponsored by Standard Beverage Corporation, is the three-day wine and food festival to benefit Cottonwood Inc., 2801 W. 31st St., a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities...
...Salute! celebrity co-chair Kendall Gammon, retired Pro Bowler for the Kansas City Chiefs, says that he enjoys promoting the festival because it is different from most other charity benefits.
"A lot of the time, you read about the charity and maybe see some pictures," he says. "But to experience it firsthand and actually meet the people that benefit from Salute! gives you a sense of how important a cause it is."
Salute to the senses: Cottonwood fundraiser pairs best of food, wine from The Lawrence Journal-World & News
Rated OU's top incoming recruit by Rivals, wide receiver Justin McCay arrived on campus last month already familiar with OU's playbook.
"Most of the stuff we run I learned from the Chiefs," Grunhard said. "We run a lot of the same terminology, patterns, route gaps that most major colleges run. Our practices are very similar to what they do at OU."
Using principles he learned from former Chiefs offensive coordinators Paul Hackett, Al Saunders and Joe Pendry, Grunhard said the Stags' pro style offense should give McCay an advantage as a true freshman.
Justin McCay's high school offense could translate smoothly to OU from The Oklahoman
The world of football coaching has always attracted a very diverse group of men. I’m sure if they allowed women to coach, it would attract a very diverse group of women as well.
There are various pigeon holes that coaches can be placed in, you know the boy wonder types, the long-time assistants finally getting a shot, Joe College coach trying to make it in the NFL, the schemer types, the nice guy types, the coaches who would have sold their first born if it got them a head coaching job.
And then there was Don Coryell. He didn’t fit any of the pre-conceived notions of what type of personality the leader of a football team should be, other than the fact he could win games. He was the first man to win 100 games or more in college football and pro football.
But he was different.
R.I.P. Air Coryell from Bob Gretz
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Media and Fans
mortreport On this day, we celebrate our freedoms, and I remember my neighbor, Eugene Markwell, KIA in Vietnam combat on July 4, 1967....Thanks troops!
JPosnanski Strange to spend Fourth of July in South Africa ... but special too. People wander up to wish an American a Happy Fourth.
mortreport I was on a drive from Atlanta to Arkansas when someone called about McNair's death; reached Jeff Fisher on USO tour; devastated last July 4
SI_PeterKing Happy 4th, everyone--and happy 4th to our troops. Chatted with an emotional Brad Childress yesterday re reunion w/Marine son in Afghanistan.
ChiefsPR Happy Birthday America. Take a moment today to remember all of the men and women who protect our freedom.
Adam_Schefter Fireworks ending mean one thing especially: NFL training camps are not long from starting.